Hamilton Russell Vineyards

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Chardonnay

9.224 ratings
9.25 pro ratings
Cape Point, Coastal Region, Western Cape, South Africa
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
Will Stanley

The 2015 Hamilton Russell Estate Chardonnay is a splendid wine, even if this bottle has been carted around several houses and varying temperatures since I bought it on release. It’s a lesson in proper storage: the colour is of a wine much older than this and it’s dramatically different to my experience with it on last tasting around two years ago. Nonetheless, it’s a very well-made wine and it shows.

There’s baked apple, pastry, burnt butter, butterscotch and coconut on the nose, while the rich, saturated palate offers apple, butter, honeydew melon, a honeyed edge and Meyer lemon acidity. A creamy mouthfeel completes the harmony.

The 2015 Hamilton Russell Estate Chardonnay is a splendid wine, even if this bottle has been carted around several houses and varying temperatures since I bought it on release. It’s a lesson in proper storage: the colour is of a wine much older than this and it’s dramatically different to my experience with it on last tasting around two years ago. Nonetheless, it’s a very well-made wine and it shows.

There’s baked apple, pastry, burnt butter, butterscotch and coconut on the nose, while the rich, saturated palate offers apple, butter, honeydew melon, a honeyed edge and Meyer lemon acidity. A creamy mouthfeel completes the harmony.

Jan 16th, 2021
Rubychick

The texture and acidity balance well to gift a buttery style with a botrytis(y) edge. Happy Thanksgiving ❤️

The texture and acidity balance well to gift a buttery style with a botrytis(y) edge. Happy Thanksgiving ❤️

Nov 25th, 2018
Shawn R

Nice lakeside Chardonnay-cheers!

Nice lakeside Chardonnay-cheers!

Jun 17th, 2017
Perry Riddle

The '15 vintage of this wine has taken South African Chardonnay to a whole other level. This is absolutely stunning, and I can't even imagine how gorgeous it will be in 2 years.

The '15 vintage of this wine has taken South African Chardonnay to a whole other level. This is absolutely stunning, and I can't even imagine how gorgeous it will be in 2 years.

Dec 31st, 2016
Gillett Johnson

Thanks to our good friend Dan Hammer for putting together such a great care package while we look at lake houses in lake county IL

Thanks to our good friend Dan Hammer for putting together such a great care package while we look at lake houses in lake county IL

May 14th, 2016
Gerardo Suro

This was interesting. My first Chardonnay from South Africa and it was lovely. Vineyards are located close to the sea which grants the wine an alluring saline component to complement the pineapple and white peach flavors. Drinking well now but could benefit from a few years of cellaring.

This was interesting. My first Chardonnay from South Africa and it was lovely. Vineyards are located close to the sea which grants the wine an alluring saline component to complement the pineapple and white peach flavors. Drinking well now but could benefit from a few years of cellaring.

Feb 9th, 2019
Sylvain Rhainds

2015

Nov 28th, 2018
Anton Gulevich

Amazing complex nose. Nice acidity and balance. Long tannic finish, made to age.

Amazing complex nose. Nice acidity and balance. Long tannic finish, made to age.

Jan 13th, 2017
Riddley Walker

Морской бриз, соленая карамель, ваниль, айва, желтый грейпфрут, лимонная цедра, сухой ананас, масло, виски, сверхлёгкая минеральность. Увесисто, объёмно, выразительно, при этом собранно, не грубо. Держится уверенно, при нагревании чуть тяжелеет и прибавляет спиртуозности. Достаточная цитрусовая кислотность, легкая нехватка детализации. Ещё молодо, немного передубленно, но с интересным потенциалом.

Морской бриз, соленая карамель, ваниль, айва, желтый грейпфрут, лимонная цедра, сухой ананас, масло, виски, сверхлёгкая минеральность. Увесисто, объёмно, выразительно, при этом собранно, не грубо. Держится уверенно, при нагревании чуть тяжелеет и прибавляет спиртуозности. Достаточная цитрусовая кислотность, легкая нехватка детализации. Ещё молодо, немного передубленно, но с интересным потенциалом.

Dec 1st, 2016
Matthias Gassner

Intensives goldgelb, ausgeprägtes Aroma: exotische Früchte, Kaffee, Vanille, laktisch, holzig.
Körper medium+, Säure medium-, Alkohol medium+, steinige Mineralität, Abgang mittel+

Intensives goldgelb, ausgeprägtes Aroma: exotische Früchte, Kaffee, Vanille, laktisch, holzig.
Körper medium+, Säure medium-, Alkohol medium+, steinige Mineralität, Abgang mittel+

Oct 28th, 2016